As children, we believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. At a certain age, we discover that these characters are only myths – a part of growing up, an initiation process for adulthood – and we learn to accept it. When it comes to our skin though, there are myths (some from our youth even) that we just can’t seem to shake –anything with the words “oil free” and “anti-wrinkle,” for example. Well, my beauties, today I’m here to dispel and debunk four of the biggest beauty myths out there.
Myth #1: Age is an important factor to consider when shopping for skincare products
Fact: There are so many products out there that claim to be for a specific age group, especially for “mature” women over 50 years old. The truth? It doesn’t matter how old you are – age is not a skin type and thus, not the best way to choose your products. Instead, your routine should be based on how sun-damaged, oily, dry, acne-prone or sensitive your skin is. The one thing that everyone does need to incorporate into their skincare routine? A moisturizer containing SPF 30 or higher.
Myth #2: You should switch up your skincare products every few months because your skin adapts.
Fact: Skincare products will never be ineffective just because of continued use. The reason why the product’s efficacy appears to lessen is because your skin may have improved since you first started using it. Now that your skin is healthier, the results from your skincare routine may not be as noticeable. But make sure that you continue to maintain your regimen – it’s obviously working!
Myth #3: Dark spots only occur as you age
Fact: While some mature women may have more dark spots than their younger counterparts, it is only because they have been exposed to the sun for quite a few more years. Dark spots are a consequence of being directly in the sun – especially on body parts like your face, neck, décolletage and hands. In other words, dark spots are better referred to as sunspots. Even younger women can get sunspots, especially if they tend to tan or spend long periods of time in the sun. The best way to avoid sunspots? Use a sunblock with an SPF 30 daily, keep your face out of direct sunlight and gently exfoliate three times a week to slough off dead skin.
Myth #4: Organic and all natural products contain better anti-aging ingredients than chemical-based products.
Fact: This is the myth that has caused the organic industry to skyrocket in the past few years. Whether organic or man-made, your skin reacts to a product based on what it is made of and if you are allergic to the ingredients. In fact, most natural products take a little bit longer to take effect, so if you are looking for quicker results, chemical-based products may be the way to go.
So there you have it, my beauties – four anti-aging myths, debunked! Remember – it is never too late to start taking care of your skin. Strive for improvement rather than perfection!
What other skincare myths would you like us to debunk? Share with us in the comments below.